DAILY MASS READINGS (September 2, 2019)

MONDAY OF THE 22ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR I, Green)

Reading 1 (1 THESSALONIANS 4:13-18)

A reading from the 1st Letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians

We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,
about those who have fallen asleep,
so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose,
so too will God, through Jesus,
bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord,
that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord,
will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep.
For the Lord himself, with a word of command,
with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God,
will come down from heaven, 
and the dead in Christ will rise first.
Then we who are alive, who are left,
will be caught up together with them in the clouds
to meet the Lord in the air.
Thus we shall always be with the Lord.
Therefore, console one another with these words.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 96:1 AND 3, 4-5, 11-12, 13)

R. (13b) The Lord comes to judge the earth.
Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all you lands.
Tell his glory among the nations;
among all peoples, his wondrous deeds.
R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.
For great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
awesome is he, beyond all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are things of nought,
but the LORD made the heavens.
R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice;
let the sea and what fills it resound;
let the plains be joyful and all that is in them!
Then shall all the trees of the forest exult.
R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.
Before the LORD, for he comes;
for he comes to rule the earth.
He shall rule the world with justice
and the peoples with his constancy.
R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.

Alleluia (SEE LUKE 4:18)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me;
he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (LUKE 4:16-30)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had grown up,
and went according to his custom
into the synagogue on the sabbath day.
He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.
He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.

Rolling up the scroll,
he handed it back to the attendant and sat down,
and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.
He said to them,
“Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
And all spoke highly of him
and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.
They also asked, “Is this not the son of Joseph?”
He said to them, “Surely you will quote me this proverb,
‘Physician, cure yourself,’ and say, ‘Do here in your native place
the things that we heard were done in Capernaum.'”
And he said,
“Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place.
Indeed, I tell you,
there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah
when the sky was closed for three and a half years
and a severe famine spread over the entire land.
It was to none of these that Elijah was sent,
but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon.
Again, there were many lepers in Israel
during the time of Elisha the prophet;
yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.”
When the people in the synagogue heard this,
they were all filled with fury.
They rose up, drove him out of the town,
and led him to the brow of the hill
on which their town had been built, to hurl him down headlong.
But he passed through the midst of them and went away.

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: We have recently entered the annual ber months, wherein four months we prepare for the Season of Christmas, the Third Coming of Christ, his coming into our hearts and minds or also known as coming in mystery. We are once again reminded to open our hearts and make a room for the Child within our bodies because he serves as a reminder of our lives. In the Gospel for today (Luke 4:16-30), Jesus returned to his hometown, Nazareth, the town where he humbly grew up. It was in the custom that on the Sabbath day, to go into the synagogue and worship God. This time, Jesus did not only read the scroll of the Prophet Isaiah, but also revealed himself to them as the fulfillment of the prophecy. But his own natives would not accept this because they knew from the Jewish oracles that the Messiah should come from a line of powerful kings to liberate Israel, and they knew that Jesus was a carpenter like Saint Joseph. So Jesus saw again the stiff-necked people who persecuted many prophets, so he tells them that about God’s promises to the Gentiles, not only to the Jews and the Israelites such as the Widow of Zarephath and the Commander Naaman the Syrian. But the people regarded his words as blasphemy, so they expelled him, and he escaped through their midst. Jesus felt the pain of the rejection from his fellow natives, so he did not perform any miracles because of their lack of faith. Sometimes, too, we often think highly for ourselves that we wouldn’t allow God to intervene within our lives. We must accept Jesus and welcome him with our whole hearts and minds, especially this Christmas. As we journey down this road, let us accept the Lord and never reject him because we are nothing without him.

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